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Today's News

  • Lancers open season April 11

    The Lebanon Lancers, central Kentucky's semi-pro basketball team, open the 2009 season at home against the Cincinnati Stallions, the KBDL's newest team, on April 11. Season tickets are now on sale for Lancers games.

  • Sluggers off to strong 4-2 start

    With a squad only boasting four seniors, Marion County High School baseball Head Coach Chad Spalding and crew are feeling good about being 4-2 after two weeks of play.

    "I'll take four wins with the weather conditions we've been having. If things went a little bit differently we're looking at possibly being 6-0," Spalding said.

    The Knights led late in both losses, with big innings upending them each time.

    A big inning helped push the Knights past a solid Washington County squad in a 3-2 win, which is something Spalding teaches his players.

  • Determine how much manure to apply to ground

    I must admit that I am not an organic gardener; however my personal philosophy of gardening has changed a bit in the last few years. I used to reach for the nearest pesticide (as harsh as available) the minute I would spot a problem.

    Now, I guess I am older and wiser, lazier or just a little less of a perfectionist, or maybe it's that I have two beautiful daughters now and I don't want them being exposed to chemicals, whatever the case I don't reach for pesticides unless a serious problem occurs.

  • Spring fertilization... do or don't

    I have long been taught that fall fertilization is preferred over spring fertilization for many plants, but there are some exceptions.

    We had a tough 2008 growing season with late summer drought and a windstorm that only added insult to injury. Add ice and a generally windy winter and some plants are in need of a little energy boost.

    Summer drought and early fall leaf drop (or the severe desiccation that many deciduous plants experience from the wind storm) means that stored energy may be low.

  • Residents urged to participate in 2010 Census

    Michelle Ellison visited the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday to encourage county residents to participate in the 2010 Census.

    Ellison is a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, and she will be working in the central Kentucky area as part of the census. Ellison said she will be working with city and county officials and local churches and civic organizations to encourage participation.

    The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every 10 years. The purpose of the census is to count everyone living in the United States and its territories.

  • Marion County Junior Formal is April 17

    The first-ever Marion County Junior Formal will be held Friday, April 17, at the St. Augustine Parish Hall. This fun-filled event is open to Marion County students in grades 6-8 and is a production of the Marion County Arts & Humanities Council.

    Tickets are $8 at the gate but can be purchased in advance for only $6. Five pairs of tickets will be given away in an art contest going on now through Thursday, April 9. Students can submit a piece of their original artwork in any format-painting, photography, sculpture, literature, etc. to These Precious Things before April 9.

  • County plans to pick up dead animals

    Marion County Fiscal Court intends to begin picking up dead animals, possibly as soon as next week.

    "It looks like things are coming together where maybe we can begin the service next week," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said Monday afternoon.

  • Wrecks claim two lives

    Two separate vehicle accidents last week resulted in the death of two Marion County natives.

    On Thursday, Benedict Joseph "Benny" Ballard, 72, was killed in a collision with a garbage truck in Nelson County.

    Ballard was traveling north on KY 49 near Hall-Simpson Lane at about 10:45 a.m. when his 2002 Dodge 1500 came over a hill and was unable to stop in time, rear-ending a Nelson County Waste Management Truck that was traveling slowly on the road.

  • First track meet cut short

    The Marion County High School track and field team wouldn't be able to complete their first meet of the season in Green County due to inclement weather.

    That wouldn't stop the Knights and Lady Knights from putting on a strong showing.

  • Letters to the editor, April 8

    Exchange student experience is rewarding

    I have been involved with foreign exchange students now for several years as a local coordinator with CIEE: Council on International Educational Exchange. In that time, I've learned that the world can be made better through cultural exchange through the CIEE mission to help people gain understanding, acquire knowledge and develop skills for living in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world.